Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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other horse in the service, the price according to such
valuation is to be allowed and paid. 4. Seven days' pay is to be
advanced and paid in hand by me to the owner of each wagon and
team, or horse, at the time of contracting, if required, and the
remainder to be paid by General Braddock, or by the paymaster of
the army, at the time of their discharge, or from time to time,
as it shall be demanded. 5. No drivers of wagons, or persons
taking care of the hired horses, are on any account to be called
upon to do the duty of soldiers, or be otherwise employed than in
conducting or taking care of their carriages or horses. 6. All
oats, Indian corn, or other forage that wagons or horses bring to
the camp, more than is necessary for the subsistence of the
horses, is to be taken for the use of the army, and a reasonable
price paid for the same.

NOTE.--My son, William Franklin, is empowered to enter into like
contracts with any person in Cumberland County.



FRIENDS AND COUNTRYMEN: Being occasionally at the camp at
Frederick, a few days since, I found the general and officers
extremely exasperated on account of their not being supplied with
horses and carriages, which had been expected from this province,
as most able to furnish them; but, through the dissensions
between our governor and Assembly, money had not been provided,
nor any steps taken for that purpose.

It was proposed to send an armed force immediately into these
counties, to seize as many of the best carriages and horses as
should be wanted, and compel as many persons into the service as

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

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42 On Luxury, Idleness, and Industry 45 On Truth and Falsehood 50 Necessary Hints to those that would be Rich 53 The Way to make Money plenty in every Man's Pocket 54 The Handsome and Deformed Leg 55 On Human Vanity 58 On Smuggling, and its various Species 62 Remarks concerning the Savages of North America 66 On Freedom of Speech and the Press 71 On the Price of Corn and the Management of the Poor 82 Singular Custom among the Americans, entitled Whitewashing .
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And, after all, of what use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is risked, so much is suffered? It cannot promote health nor ease pain; it makes no increase of merit in the person; it creates envy;.
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And in philosophy how small our progress! Alas! art is long and life is short! My friends would comfort me with the idea of a name they say I shall leave behind me; and they tell me I have lived long enough to nature and to glory.
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Yet I ought to have charity for these unhappy people, when I consider that, with all this wisdom of which I am boasting, there are certain things in the world so tempting, for example, the apples of King John, which, happily, are not to be bought; for if they were put to sale by auction, I might very easily be led to ruin myself in the purchase, and find that I had once more given too much for the _whistle_.
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, for building, the value of my corn will be arrested and remain with me, and at the end of the year we may all be better clothed and better lodged.
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When the strangers are refreshed, pipes and tobacco are brought, and then, but not before,.
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"MY DEAR FRIEND, "I received your excellent paper on the preferable use of oxen in agriculture, and have put it in the way of being communicated to the public here.
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"One main drift of your letter seems to be to impress me with an idea of your own impartiality, by just censures of your.
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He's gone, and has not left behind him his fellow.
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Thus the surface of the globe would be a shell, capable of being broken or disordered by the violent movements of the fluid on which it rested.
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Mitchell's paper on the strata of the earth[36] with thanks.
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Gordon in the _Transactions_, was, for that reason, thought extraordinary; but he remarks withal, that the weather, though cold when the spout appeared, was soon after much colder: as we find it commonly less warm after a whirlwind.
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The apparent dropping of a pipe from the clouds towards the earth or sea, I will endeavour to explain hereafter.
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I never heard but of one salt rain, and that was where a spout passed pretty near a ship; so I suppose it to be only the drops thrown off from the spout by the centrifugal force (as the birds were at Hatfield), when they had been carried so high as to be above, or to be too strongly centrifugal for the pressure of the concurring winds surrounding it: and, indeed, I believe there can be no other kind of salt rain; for it has pleased the goodness of God so to order it, that the particles of air will not attract the particles of salt, though they strongly attract water.
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There is another curious question I will just venture to touch upon, viz.
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I have read that a man, hired by a physician to stand, by way of experiment, in the open air naked during a moist night, weighed near three pounds heavier in the morning.
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100 88 79 6th " 99 86 80 7th " 100 90 79 8th " 100 88 81 --- --- --- 813 717 632 --- --- --- Medium 101 Medium 89 Medium 79 I made many other experiments, but the above are those in which I was most exact; and they serve sufficiently to show that the difference is considerable.
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